The Closer

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  • TV-14
  • 2005
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.8  (28,837)

The Closer is a crime drama television series from TNT that ran from 2005 to 2012. The show stars Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a former CIA interrogator who becomes the head of the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. The series follows Johnson and her team as they investigate high-profile crimes in the city of Los Angeles.

Throughout the show's run, Johnson's unique style of interrogation, which often involves her getting up close and personal with suspects, earns her both praise and criticism from her colleagues. Her team includes J. K. Simmons as Assistant Chief Will Pope, Corey Reynolds as Sergeant David Gabriel, Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor, G. W. Bailey as Lieutenant Louie Provenza, Anthony Denison as Detective Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Detective Michael Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson, Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, Jon Tenney as FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard, and Gina Ravera as Detective Irene Daniels.

The Closer is known for its unique balance of crime-of-the-week stories with character-driven plotlines. Viewers are often given insight into the personal lives of Johnson and her team, exploring their relationships and struggles outside of the workplace. As the series progressed, the show also delved into darker and more complex storylines, with Johnson tackling cases that challenged her both professionally and personally.

One of the show's strengths is its exploration of the gender roles within law enforcement. Johnson is often underestimated and dismissed by her male colleagues due to her petite stature and seemingly non-threatening demeanor, but she regularly proves them wrong with her intelligence and tenacity. The show also explores the impact of Johnson's job on her personal life, as she struggles to balance her intense work demands with her relationships with her family and friends.

The Closer was praised for its strong acting performances, particularly that of Kyra Sedgwick. Sedgwick's portrayal of Johnson earned her several award nominations and wins, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. The show was also praised for its writing and direction, with its blend of crime-solving and character development drawing in audiences.

The show's finale aired in 2012, ending the series after seven seasons. The finale garnered positive reviews, with many critics commending the show for ending on a high note. The Closer left a lasting impact on television, paving the way for other female-led crime dramas and showing that a show can blend both intense crime-solving and character-driven storylines.

In summary, The Closer is a crime drama series from TNT that follows Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and her team as they investigate high-profile crimes in Los Angeles. The show is known for its unique blend of crime-solving and character development, exploring the personal lives of its characters alongside their jobs in law enforcement. The series is praised for its strong acting performances, writing, and direction, making it a memorable and impactful show that helped pave the way for other female-led dramas.

The Closer is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (109 episodes). The series first aired on June 13, 2005.

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The Last Word
21. The Last Word
August 13, 2012
A young street hustler thinks he sees a man burying a woman in Griffith Park. Meanwhile, Brenda's obsession with Philip Stroh threatens not only her career, but also her life.
Armed Response
20. Armed Response
August 6, 2012
Brenda finds one of her investigations suffocated by the District Attorney's office. Meanwhile, Raydor and Popefinally target the leak in the department.
Last Rites
19. Last Rites
July 30, 2012
The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and creates tension between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda's parents are in town for her father's cancer treatments.
Drug Fiend
18. Drug Fiend
July 23, 2012
Brenda is shaken up when a likeable oncologist is brutally killed and his drug supply wiped clean. To complicate matters, Captain Raydor has a new assignment that leaves Brenda questioning her loyalty to Pope. And Gabriel makes a significant life change.
Fool's Gold
17. Fool's Gold
July 16, 2012
Provenza agrees to help his ex-wife retrieve her wedding ring from a con man.
Hostile Witness
16. Hostile Witness
July 9, 2012
The season resumes with Brenda believing she has finally cornered lawyer and suspected rapist-murderer Philip Stroh. But Brenda's actions stun the courtroom and threaten the case, putting her at odds with the new D.A.
Silent Partner
15. Silent Partner
December 26, 2011
In the winter finale of The Closer, Brenda's lawsuit comes to a head when another murder occurs related to Turell Baylor's death. Brenda gets help from a businessman (guest star Jason George) with old ties to the neighborhood for help solving the case. Meanwhile, Brenda's lawyer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) and the Baylor family lawyer (guest star Curtis Armstrong) face off in court.
Road Block
14. Road Block
December 19, 2011
The Major Crimes Division investigates a hit-and-run murder of a young girl on a bicycle. Brenda is determined to expose a scandal the LAPD's Police Commissioner or his wife covered up.
Relative Matters
13. Relative Matters
December 12, 2011
The murder of a man under FBI surveillance gets federal agents in trouble with the L.A.P.D.
You Have the Right to Remain Jolly
12. You Have the Right to Remain Jolly
December 5, 2011
It's a blue Christmas when Santa's zip-line goes wrong and Brenda's team must take on the holiday case.
Necessary Evil
11. Necessary Evil
November 28, 2011
Brenda investigates a high-school principal's death and a school scandal is exposed. However, a territorial conflict erupts between Brenda and Fritz when Brenda's investigation overlaps with an existing FBI case.
Fresh Pursuit
10. Fresh Pursuit
September 12, 2011
The death of a deputy sheriff is investigated. The judge thinks about dropping the charges against Brenda.
Star Turn
9. Star Turn
September 5, 2011
Brenda is confused by a father's disappearance just as his daughter is about to become famous. Brenda has the opportunity to settle with the family that brought the lawsuit against her but that deal may not be as good as everybody hoped it would.
Death Warrant
8. Death Warrant
August 29, 2011
Brenda asks Capt. Raydor for help in a twisted case involving a murder-for-hire scheme.
A Family Affair
7. A Family Affair
August 22, 2011
Brenda's team investigates whether an officer contributed to her daughter's death. As the lawsuit against Brenda proceeds, Captain Raydor finds out if detective Sanchez can provide any details about the death of Turell Baylor.
Home Improvement
6. Home Improvement
August 15, 2011
A body found at a home-construction site springs Brenda into investigative action.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
5. Forgive Us Our Trespasses
August 8, 2011
The squad investigates the death of a prominent minister and a protective family who is not willing to cooperate.
Under Control
4. Under Control
August 1, 2011
Brenda's troubles continue as captain Raydor makes a suggestion that Brenda may disagree with. Meanwhile, the audit of her unit continues because of a particular case.
To Serve With Love
3. To Serve With Love
July 25, 2011
To make easy money, Flynn and Provenza serve court papers for a lawyer. Once again they find themselves in hot water when the man they just delivered papers to is killed.
Repeat Offender
2. Repeat Offender
July 18, 2011
As the LAPD undergoes a major realignment, Brenda and her team investigate the murder of a young girl who was house-sitting. Captain Raydor is forced to expand her audit of Major Crimes in light of the civil suit against Brenda and the LAPD.
Unknown Trouble
1. Unknown Trouble
July 11, 2011
Brenda and the squad investigate the murder of a rap artist and six innocent bystanders. The case becomes personal for Gabriel who knows two of the victims from church. Meanwhile, Chief Delk is getting ready to announce the department's new organizational chart just as Brenda becomes the target of a civil suit against the police department.
Where to Watch The Closer
The Closer is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Closer on demand at Max, Amazon, Vudu, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 13, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (28,837)